We will always remember Ellie for her love for others, her creativity, sensitivity, and delight in life! Ellie's light has spread far and wide... may it continue to shine in our hearts.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Safe in NY...

We have arrived! We got in last night and met Mom and Gary at the airport - they had just flown in from Florida.

Today Ellie turned nine years old! Wow - I always took for granted that my children reached the next birthday. Now it feels like a gift... she made it to nine.

And a happy little girl she is. Papa and Grandma took us to the American Girl Place for brunch and shopping, of course. (We missed you Gerry!) We met a nice man on the airplane, and he called ahead to let the store know that we were coming. (Thank you Dave!) Ellie got the royal treatment! A personal shopper, Maria, helped Ellie with her selections, gave her some unexpected gifts, and made the whole experience unforgettable. I'm sorry that I don't have pictures. None of us had cameras, so I bought a disposable one at the store. Now I have to actually develop the pictures... what is that!? I have blocked that whole process out completely - I so love digital. Oh well...

Tests begin on Monday and continue through Thursday. It's a pretty easy schedule. They are the routine tests that Ellie gets every so often to determine the progress (hopefully lack-of-progress) of the cancer. All tests are spread out over four days, so no one day will be too full. Then Ellie can rest on Friday and we fly that evening. I will be sure to let you all know the resutls of the tests. Thank you so much for praying!

13 Comments:

At 6:11 PM, Blogger Gerry said...

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELLIE!!! Sounds like you had a very fun birthday; you should be treated like a princess!! I know your grandmother must have loved being at American Girl with you. I remember so well that special day when I got to meet you, your dad, and your cute, wonderful mom. As I remember, you were a shopping princess then, too. Hope you got some fun things. You all continue to be in my prayers every day. If you ever get a detour to Boston (where I live) we'll have to get together. Sarah, would you send your mailing address in Montana - for some cards to be sent? My email is: jacobsgram@verizon.net
Celebrating God's special gift of Ellie!! Oh Happy Day.

 
At 6:18 PM, Blogger Jessica said...

Happy Birthday, Ellie! What a fabulous birthday! :)

 
At 6:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELLIE!!! What a gift you are to us all....We will pray for your comfort during the tests and a safe journey back to Montana!

Love, The Haviland's

 
At 9:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Ellie :)

 
At 11:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like a wonderful day!! Happy birthday!!!!!!! Les

 
At 8:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Ellie and HI Sarah! Glad you made it safe and sound to the big city. We will be thinking and praying for you all week long. We love you and look forward to seeing you again. Love always, Sheri and family.

 
At 9:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ellie,

I was sooooooooo happy to see you again!!! I love your hair and your smile is as beautiful as ever. I had such a wonderful time with you during your visit to American Girl Place!! Ellie, maybe someday you can teach me how to do a high kick just like you!!! You're an amazing young lady!!!! Thank you for letting me a part of your birthday celebration.
Love Maria (your personal shopper at AGP, NY) :)

 
At 10:03 AM, Blogger Sheila said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELLIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was wondering when it was! :) Glad you had a smashing day. We'll be praying for fabulous results on all those tests. :D

God bless,
Sheila

 
At 12:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Ellie !!!!!!!!! it sounds like you had a wonderful one. you deserve it.you are in our thoughts and prayers always. hope you have a good week in ny and pray for good test results. love ,simons family

 
At 2:03 PM, Blogger AliAnn said...

Happy Birthday, Ellie! We were thinking of you on your special day. Glad you had such a great time.
Love,
Trent, Allison, Emmaline, and Micah

 
At 4:39 PM, Blogger LindaSueBuhl said...

Happy Birthday Ellie Skees - you are a beautiful 9 year old! Isn't it great how God puts special people in your life all the time (the special treatment at American Girl - how cool is that?!) We pray for a quiet and uneventful time with the testing.

 
At 6:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

happy birthday ellie!!!!! you are so wonderful and special. pray for you every day!

 
At 10:43 PM, Blogger BreezieGirl said...

Happy Birthday Ellie (a couple of days late)! I hope all of the testing goes well this week...

 

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